24 November 2015

Corn And Popcorn

 To celebrate this harvest time of year we spent time doing reading, math, science, art and writing activities relating to corn and popcorn.  Students made their own patterned Indian corn to practice a variety of patterns.

We reviewed the use of our five senses by air popping some popcorn.  Students were able to smell the popcorn as it popped, listen to the kernels as they were dumped in the machine and compare that sound to the popping sound.  Of course they were able to see the popcorn and the best part of all we tasted it!

Together the class wrote the steps of "how to" pop popcorn.  First we listed all of the things needed to make popcorn and then wrote the steps of what to do to make the popcorn.  Conducting a science experiment using the scientific process was a lot of fun.  Students were able to ask a question, form a hypothesis, conduct the experiment and form a conclusion.

We also spent some time reading about and discussing the National holiday of Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your break!

20 November 2015

Fall Fun

We have been sharing "enormous" books this week which include:  The Enormous Watermelon, The Enormous Carrot, Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Potato, and The Enormous Turnip.  Students were able to discuss and identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution in each of the stories.  We also brainstormed other words that mean "enormous" such as gigantic, large, huge, humongous, big, and massive.

During our study of the fall season we read and discussed squirrels.  We have read fiction and nonfiction books about squirrels and have completed science and math activities related to squirrels.  Students had the opportunity to be like squirrels and hide their own cache of "nuts" in the classroom.  At the end of the day they tried to find all of the "nuts" they hid.  Just like squirrels some students had a hard time remembering where nuts were!

Scaredy Squirrel has become one of our favorite book characters.  This book helped talk about some character education topics such as being brave and making friends.  The squirrel in the book also makes a written plan of things to do just like the how to writing we will be working on during independent writing time.

We are still working on handwriting of numbers through 10 and letters f, k, o, w, and z.  Practice phonemic awareness skills of being able to identify beginning sounds of words and blending phonemes (individual sounds) together.

Next month students will need to pass off rote counting to 100 and counting objects to 20.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  We have also been working on developing our number sense by focusing on a number and finding all the ways to build that number or all of the combinations to make that number.  Such as, 5 can be 1 and 4; 2 and 3; 0 and 5; 4 and 1 or 3 and 2.

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Holiday - NO School

13 November 2015

Four Seasons

We have been reading and learning about the four seasons of the year. We have been able to read several fact books about the four seasons and learn about what happens in each season. We also have learned and discussed what the weather is like in each season, what we wear in each season and what animals do in the different seasons. Students have been doing a great job of using their reading strategies to help them gather information from the books we have read.

We have also focused a lot on the difference between facts and opinions. Students should be able to tell you what a fact is and what an opinion is. At home talk with your child and help them share their opinion about a fact you have heard.  We focused on the fall season and identified facts about the fall season and our opinions about the fall season.

At school we have been busy building repeating patterns with blocks, pictures, and tiles. We have worked on simple patterns such as AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC. Use a variety of objects, movements, and sounds to create patterns with your child. Ask your child to define "repeating pattern" and they should be able to tell you that a pattern is something that repeats or goes over and over again and you can tell what comes next.

We have continued handwriting practice and have worked on handwriting of the following letters: a, d, g, h, t, x, b, i, l, p, s and f and the numerals 0-9.  Remind your child of the correct formation of these letters as he/she practices writing.  Thank you for continuing practicing handwriting on the homework with your child.

Please continue working on blending beginning of words to the end of the word with your child.  For example, say:  /b/      /at/    and have your child say the word:  bat.   Also, work on having your student generate rhyming words.  These can even be nonsense words as long as they sound alike at the end.

06 November 2015

Stone Soup

We had a fun time this week focusing on various versions of the traditional tale, Stone Soup.  We talked about cooperation and working together when reading the original story.  Students enjoyed reading Yuck Soup and hearing about some yucky things the creatures put in their soup.  They wrote their own recipe of things they would put in their own "yuck soup".  We also tasted some "yucky" things and shared our opinion whether we liked the item or not.  We also created our own "bone soup" with some creepy (but tasty) treats such as pretzels, candy bones, red hots, and corn nuts.  Students were able to mix up their bone soup on their own personal black pot.

29 October 2015


We had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Vineyard Nursery and enjoy their "Pumpkinland".  In class we have been discussing and learning about the four seasons and specifically the fall season. 

We have been talking about the signs of fall and this was the perfect opportunity to see the signs of fall.  We had lots of fun looking at the different types of pumpkins and gourds.  Students got lost in a corn maze and also were able to see how corn grows.  We also were able to see giant sunflowers and talk about how we get sunflower seeds from the heads of the sunflowers.

Students worked on an "I Spy" page in which they looked for various items throughout Pumpkinland.  It was a fun day and we appreciate all of the parents who were able to help us out by attending the field trip and helping students enjoy their day!  Thank you!

28 October 2015

Halloween Parade

On Friday, October 30th, at 11:15 a.m. we will be holding a Halloween costume parade.  We invite all who would like to participate or watch the parade to come and enjoy this event.  We ask that our students not wear gory costumes or bring any kind of weapon with their costume.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school for the entire day.  Again, parents are invited to attend this parade.  Parents may stand along the walls of the kindergarten hall and in the main entrance to view the parade.  Our parade will leave from our kindergarten rooms and go clear around the school, past the front office and then back to our classrooms.

The PM students will join with the school parade beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Parents may send their child to school in their costume on that day.  Parents are invited to attend this parade.  Most seating and space available for parents will be in the auditorium as classes will be sitting in the hallways.

23 October 2015

Bats And Patterns

This week we finished our study of bats by completing a bat facts book which included activities such as identifying how birds and bats are alike/different, recording how bats are helpful/harmful, discussing how bat mothers care for their young and writing and illustrating our favorite bat fact.  We loved learning about how bats use echolocation to find insects at night.

We also had fun playing a "Roll A Bat" math game.  Students rolled the dice and then drew different parts of the bat according to the game card until they had a completed bat on their paper.  This game helped students identify numeral and count with one to one correspondence and was a lot of fun too!

We have been working on handwriting of the letters b, i, l, and p.  So far this year our handwriting has covered the letters:  t, h, a, d, g, x, b, i, l, and p.  You will see these letters on homework practice as well as in words that can be sounded out and our month's sight words.  Handwriting practice at home can be done on the homework sheets or in different ways such as on white boards or magnadoodle boards or even having your child write the letters/words in sand or with their fingers on the carpeting.  Practice writing the numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3, 4 and 5 as well

We have started our ongoing study of patterns.  Students are learning that a pattern is something that repeats over and over.  They are beginning to build their own patterns and to identify what will be next in a pattern created by someone else.  Look for patterns everywhere, they are all around -- we can even listen for patterns too!

In math we have also been practicing identifying more/less when comparing numbers or objects.  Students are getting good at figuring out how many is two more/two less when given a numeral or amount of objects.

We are working hard on writing our own stories.  By now students should be able to write with spaces between their words and use some type of punctuation mark at the end of their sentences.  They should also be able to get at least a beginning sound for each word in their story and also adding ending sounds for words as well.  Keep writing with your child at home!

Thank you to all the parents we were able to meet with us this week.  We appreciate all you do at home to help your child at school.

Pumpkinland Field Trip:  Thursday, October 29th we will be going on a field trip to Vineyard Nursery in Orem.  We will be outside the entire time so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.

Halloween Parade:  Friday, October 30th we will be having a morning Halloween parade at 11:15 am.  Your child may wear his/her costume throughout the day.  The afternoon students will participate in the school wide parade at 1:30 pm.